Client Sneak Peek: Jackson, the miniature beagle!

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of photographing my first miniature beagle, Jackson. Jackson’s mom, Casey, entered Jackson’s photo in a contest supporting Toys for Tots, and they won my donated photo mini-session! I’m still not sure Jackson enjoyed the whole “getting photographed” bit, but he sure was loving all the bribes of Pupperoni treats!

I was greeted with nothing but wags and kisses upon meeting Jackson, but, before you know it he was hiding beneath the table.

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I think he felt more comfortable up on the loveseat with mom and dad…

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…where he was able to sneak in some kisses…

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The gaze toward the Pupperoni treats was unbreakable…

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I love how intently Jackson is following the action outside…

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…and from the looks of it in this close-up of Jackson’s eye (from the image above) Casey is going all-out to keep Jackson’s attention:

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The advantage of being a little guy is that you get to be held by your humans!

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Thank you Casey, Hunt, and Jackson for a fun mini-shoot inside your beautiful home!

Jumpin’ Dawgs at the AKC Agility Trials at Mullet Hall

The AKC Agility Trials this weekend at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center were the second agility trials I’ve ever attended, and the first with a camera in tow. I saw lots of happy dogs and met a lot of really nice people (it’s never hard to find nice people at dog events, right?) and I had a great time trying to catch these athletic dogs in action.

But before we begin with the action, may I introduce the most handsome black lab in Charleston SC? This is Remington, also known as Remi:

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His coat was awesome…and such a sweet temperament. Can you tell I’m in love? (Don’t tell Cooper)

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Love seeing these dogs jumping at this height:

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Some dogs zigged when they should have zagged…

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…more than once. But all’s still well…

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This next team did everything right. Though I didn’t hear the results, I think they must have won this round…

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Love the fact the dog is looking at his human on this finishing jump. A lot of dogs did the same…

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Everyone got a kick out of seeing this boy (must have been 7 or 8?) out there competing and having a great time in his first agility trial. He did great, even though before the race he told me he was equal parts excited and nervous.

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This next dog was FAST…

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“How’d I do, mom?”

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Love how this next dog has his paws crossed while jumping…

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The woman in this next shot was celebrating a birthday and completed the course flawlessly and fast! Also, while waiting for the competition to start, she made an insane grab of a runaway dog’s leash and stopped him in his tracks…wish i had caught that on camera! If you happen to be the lucky birthday lady in this next shot, leave a comment with the name and breed of the dog whose leash you grabbed and I’ll send you a free 8×10 print of your favorite of these next two shots.

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October 18, 2009 - 9:59 pm

Diane Greene - Hi

You stopped me and gave me your card. You took some pictures on my 12″ Tri (black, white and tan) sheltie and wanted me to look at them. I know you probably aren’t through posting but I’d like to see the shots when they are available. Thanks.

Diane Greene
Byron, GA

October 19, 2009 - 1:15 am

Becky | Lucky Mutt Photography - Great shots, Els!

The flying labrador

We finally replaced Cooper’s old torn-up and tattered frisbee last week after our vet appointment and he’s been ready to play all week. I finally caught him in action…i love how he looks up at me at the end here as if to ask “hey, did you get that on video, mom?”

Cooper catching a frisbee from Els Sipkes on Vimeo.

October 5, 2009 - 10:51 pm

claire - super cute :) roux is totally and completely uncoordinated, so i’m always jealous of dogs who can do things like catch frisbees midair.

Splish splash at Whirling Waters waterpark

Once a year, at the end of the summer season, Whirling Waters waterpark in North Charleston stops chlorinating its pools and opens its gates to dogs. Despite Mascha and I both being sore and tired from our massive lawn-mowing, tree-downing, shrub-trimming, weed-clearing fall yard-clean-up on Saturday, we took Cooper for a half hour of fun at the waterpark Sunday (hey, after half an hour we were ALL worn out!) Despite it already being mid-September, it was still pretty hot out, and, contrary to the warnings in the paper that people would definitely NOT be allowed in the water, there were plenty of people in bathing suits enjoying the wave pool along with the dogs. Being the completely obedient people we are, we of course wore mid-calf pants, which subsequently did get plenty wet. Everybody seemed to be having a great time…most of all the dogs:)

We got there around 4 in the afternoon, and it seemed like most of the crowds had already come and gone…but there were still plenty of dogs…

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This guy was having a blast following Cooper around (i think he was really just after the tennis ball Cooper had in his mouth)

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Same objective here…except that he succeeded in getting the ball 😉 Murphy’s Law of bringing tennis balls for your dog to public places: either you bring plenty of balls, and leave with one if you’re lucky….or, you bring no balls, and leave with at least one.

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This girl was a bit skeptical…but her daddy gave her plenty of reassurances…

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Some dogs never even got their feet wet…

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…despite being all decked out for the occasion…

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This guy was really interested in the big toy i had in my hands…but no way i was tossing that in the water! (my camera)

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Cooper was having as much fun out of the water…

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…as in the water. 10 points for style on this jump back in the water chasing his tennis ball…

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Plenty of tennis ball chasing going on…

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…except the other guy came out of nowhere and ran off with it…

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Cooper was ready to get out of there…and five minutes later he was sound asleep in his crate in the back of the Jeep.:)

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We can’t wait ’til next year so we can do it all again!

Check out the video of the event by Lowcountry Dog magazine!

Whirlin’ Waters Dog Day Afternoon at the Waterpark from Docent Prodigy on Vimeo.

You can check out Lowcountry Dog magazine online at: www.lowcountrydog.com, or, check out their blog at: http://lowcountrydog.wordpress.com

September 14, 2009 - 1:55 pm

Murphy Dog Studios - Words can’t even express how awesome this is. Swimming with dogs is so much fun. Thanks for posting this.

September 14, 2009 - 2:06 pm

Tish - Wow – that looks like the best afternoon ever. Our dogs would love that place so much!

September 15, 2009 - 2:43 am

Nicole H te B in NL - Nice Pica’s 😉 and what a great doggie day! had to hold Roef, he almost jumped against my screen, wanna play with his uncle C

September 16, 2009 - 5:55 pm

Stacey - This is FANTASTIC!!! I can’t believe (a) that your water park allows this, and (b) that no one around here does…. that I know of…. yet…. until I obsessively contact them to do so 😉 But seriously, looks like a great time and well-captured!

September 30, 2009 - 11:47 am

Claire - that is SO cool that they do that. i’m sad that we don’t have a pool like that here! looks like you guys had a blast!

October 19, 2009 - 9:20 am

Diane Greene - What an awesome idea! Kudos to Charleston’s Water Park for this!

October 25, 2009 - 11:23 pm

Stephanie - Holy amazing fun time!! That is so cool you guys get to do that. I can only imagine how tired you all were after that.

January 17, 2012 - 7:28 am

Green Water Park - Sound’s fun place to spend holiday. I am fond of water parks and I am sure it would be worth visit.

Shadow

Five years ago this weekend I lost my best friend.

Shadow was my first dog, and, he was my heart dog. We went everywhere together, and, over our almost 12 years together he taught me more about loyalty and love and acceptance and humor and life than I ever thought possible. Mostly, he showed me I could open my heart again to love, despite my having vowed never to be that vulnerable again. He also taught me how to survive the prolonged illness, and loss, of the most important being in your life—a lesson I’ve had to lean on a lot this past year after losing my other best friend, my mom, last October.

My mom and dad both thought of Shadow as their boy too, and, they were as devastated at losing him as I was. Back in 2002, when Mascha and Shadow and I moved back to our homeland, Holland, (for what turned out to be only a year, but, could have been permanent), my parents drove with us to LAX. We said our goodbyes and see-you-soons, with dry eyes(!!!), but, when dad went to say goodbye to Shadow, his tears started rolling. I can’t stand to see grown men cry, so, there I went, and pretty soon we were all bawling in the middle of LAX. We still love teasing my dad about how he wasn’t all that sad about seeing US go, but, when it came to Shadow…

Shadow, with my niece, Carolyn, in Charleston, SC, summer of 2001. Shadow, Mascha and I drove across country from San Diego, CA, to Charleston, SC, then up to Chicago, and back to California following Route 66 all the way. In Los Angeles we rewarded his excellent travelling behavior with a hamburger from In-n-Out. He ate the entire thing in one bite.

Shadow, with my niece, Carolyn, in Charleston, SC, summer of 2001. Shadow, Mascha and I drove across country from San Diego, CA, to Charleston, SC, then up to Chicago, and back to California following Route 66 all the way. In Los Angeles we rewarded his excellent travelling behavior with a hamburger from In-n-Out. He ate the entire thing in one bite.

Shadow, playing in the snow in the mountains, about 10 miles from where he was born in Pine Valley, CA—an hour

Shadow, playing in the snow in the mountains, about 10 miles from where he was born in Pine Valley, CA—an hour's drive from San Diego. Winter, 2001. He loved chasing snowballs and then running to where they crashed and digging down to the dirt trying to find where they went.

Shadow, running on his favorite beach in Del Mar, CA, Christmas Day 2001. I

Shadow, running on his favorite beach in Del Mar, CA, Christmas Day 2001. I'm sure wherever he is now, he's on a beach, with a stick in his mouth, searching for a friend to throw it into the ocean for him to retrieve. I'd like to think the "friend" he'll find there is my mom.

Rest in Peace, my sweet boy Shadow. You gave me everything I could have ever hoped for in a best friend, and so much more.

August 24, 2009 - 8:43 am

johnwaire | photo - i love the shot in the snow. RIP shadow.

August 24, 2009 - 3:18 pm

Jennie - Shadow looked absolutely amazing. I must add, you can see your budding passion for your photography, even five years earlier.

RIP Shadow. I can tell that you are missed.

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